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State track preview: Weather is predicted to dominate

De’Andre Washington and Blake Rausch will be participating in the 4×100 boys relay team at the state meet.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Kansas State Track and Field Championships, the largest state high school sporting event, is scheduled to begin Friday at Wichita State University. But the weather appears to be as uncooperative with the trackers as it has been in every other spring sport.

So let’s assume everything will go without a hitch tomorrow and Saturday. The meet promises to be heavy on Wellington athletes but light on other Sumner County athletes.

Wellington is bringing 17 boys and girls entries to the state track meet. The full schedule can be found here.

Now how many of those entries will end up being podium standing placers? It is going to be tough.

Wellington’s 4×100 meter relay team is named Big Cheese athletes of the week

Wellington’s regional winning 4×100 relay team: Christian Buckman, De’Andre Washington, Grey Hatfield, and Blake Rausch.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington 4×100 meter relay team has been named Big Cheese Athletes of the Week.

The 4×100 meter relay team placed first in the Class 4A Regional held at Circle Thursday evening. The team, consisting of Christian Buckman, De’Andre Washington, Grey Hatfield and Blake Rausch, ran the race at 43.8 to finish first to qualify for the Class 4A State Track meet held this Friday and Saturday at Wichita State University.

For their efforts, these four young men each receive a free large delicious Big Cheese Pizza at 324 North Washington. 

Wellington track team qualifies 17 entries for state at Circle Regional

Wellington’s regional winning 4×100 relay team: Christian Buckman, De’Andre Washington, Grey Hatfield, and Blake Rausch. (Photo was taken by Carmen Hatfield)

Sumner Newscow report — The Wellington track and field team will be bringing its largest contingency of state qualifiers in years to next week’s Kansas State Track and Field Championships in Wichita.

Wellington will have 17 boys and girls entries in the Class 4A state competition, including two relay teams, after a tremendously successful day at the regional held in Circle yesterday afternoon.

As a team, the Wellington b0ys finished second with 85 points in the nine-team regional, getting outdistanced only by Andale that had 161. The Wellington girls placed sixth with 34 points. The full results of the Circle Regional can be found here. The top four teams qualify.

Wellington had four first-place qualifiers. They were: 

Wellington girls softball team finishes season losing to Topeka Hayden in first round

Sumner Newscow report — The Wellington girls softball team ended its season quickly in the first round of the Class 4A Augusta regional. Topeka Hayden defeated Wellington 8-3 Wednesday afternoon. Augusta would beat Topeka Hayden in the championship to advance to the Class 4A State Girls Softball tournament in Salina.

Wellington, which finished the year at 7-12, saw the game slip away in the bottom of the third inning when Topeka Hayden scored five runs to take a 6-0 lead. The Wildcats then added two runs in the fourth to up its lead to 8-0.

The Crusaders, who left 10 girls on base, made the most noise in the top of the fifth. Jacelyn Buck opened the inning with a double. Brooke McCorkle followed with a single. Then Rylee Rusk cleared the bases with a home run to shave the lead to 8-3.

(Updated with Buhler stats) Wellington finishes season as regional runner-up with entertaining day of baseball

Outfielders De’Andre Washington and Zane Cornejo have this ball covered, maybe a little too well covered.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow – The Wellington boys baseball team ended the season with a win, a loss, and plenty of controversy along the way in the Class 4A Regional at Buhler. The Crusaders won their regional first-round game in a heart-stopping 10-8 victory over Pratt. Wellington then lost the nightcap to the top seed and host Buhler 10-4. Wellington finishes the season at 10-12.

Wellington, the 11th seed going in, toppled Pratt, the sixth seed, in one of those games one could write a novel about. In this sensationally entertaining game, the Dukes jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the top of the second, only to fall behind with a disastrous seven runs in the bottom half of the second, only to come back in the final inning and secure the win.

In the top of the second, Wellington’s Cade Fairbanks singled and was doubled home by Matt Rinehart. After Grey Hatfield was hit by a pitch, DeAndre Washington tripled to help give the Crusaders a 4-0 lead.

Wellington picked up a gut-wrenching first-round win over Pratt.

That was promising enough until the bottom half of the inning was marked by a tremendously controversial play. With two runners on base, Nathan Kolm blasted a ball to the left foul pole. It was close, so close that the home umpire called it a foul ball. But then the three umpires held a conference that would make NFL Instant Replay officials proud in its longevity. After the conference, the umpires reversed the call – a stunning development. 

Eric Kop named Big Cheese Athlete of the Week

Eric Kop takes home two first-place medals in the hurdles. This was taken at the Wellington Invitational.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Eric Kop, a member of the Wellington High School track team, has been named Big Cheese Athlete of the Week.

Kop was a double winner at the Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League meet in Andale on Friday. He ran the 110-meter hurdles in 15.40 beating Lathe Cobb of Rose Hill by .41 seconds. He then placed first in the 3oo meter hurdles with a time of 39.67, more than a second against Sawyer Simon of Andale.

Kop has routinely won track meets 110 and 300-meter hurdles throughout the season.

For his effort, Kop receives a FREE large delicious Big Cheese Pizza at 324 North Washington in Wellington.

Wellington boys tennis team finishes with 3 points in 4A state tournament

Sumner Newscow report — The Wellington boys tennis team finished tied for 13th place in the Class 4A State Tennis Tournament in Pratt Saturday afternoon. Wellington accumulated three points for three wins. No Crusader individual tennis player placed.

Topeka Hayden was the Class 4A State Champion with 39 points, followed by Wichita Trinity at 35. Three of the top four placing schools were private with only public school Buhler placing third.

In singles, Wellington junior Hunter Bryant won his first match against Jaylen West of Abilene 6-0, 6-3. He then fell to Sean Sandstrom of Topeka Hayden, who would go on to win the state championship, 6-0, 6-0. Bryant lost his third match to Luke Falkenstien of Labette County 9-7.

Tyler Brown was eliminated in two matches. He lost to Caden Donnenwerth 6-0, 6-1 of Pratt, and Carlos Collins of Parsons 9-6. 

Wellington golf team places second at regional; Saffell wins regional championship

Sumner Newscow report – The Wellington Crusader boys golf team finished second at the Class 4A regional tournament held at Tallgrass Country Club in Wichita, Monday. Wellington will qualify as a team for the state tournament to be held at Quail Ridge Golf Course in Winfield next Monday.

Blake Saffell

Wellington’s Blake Saffell was the individual 4A Regional Champion for the second consecutive year, winning on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff.

Wichita Trinity dominated the tournament with a 317 cumulative score. Wellington placed second with 350. Other scores include Augusta 382, Circle 395, Mulvane 411 and Clearwater 426.

“I was very proud of our young men today and their performance on a golf course that played very tough,” said James Ginter, Wellington head golf coach.

Individually, Saffell finished tied with Caden Vanlandingham of Wichita Trinity with a 76 – five over par. He defeated four other Trinity golfers who shot, 76, 79, 80, and 82 that rounded out the top five of the tournament. Luke Scheuffler, who lives in Wellington, shot an 82 for Trinity for fifth place. (Individual results can be found here).  

Wellington teams place second in AV-CTL DIV track meet

Sumner Newscow report — Both Wellington boys and girls track teams placed second in the Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League Div. IV track meet held in Andale on Friday.

The boys’ scores were: Andale 221, Wellington 91.5, Mulvane 91, Clearwater 85.5, Rose Hill 54, Wichita Collegiate 10. The girls’ scores were: Andale 233, Mulvane 108, Rose Hill 76, Wellington 75, Clearwater 52, Wichita Collegiate 5.

First place Wellington winners include: 

Wellington swept by Goddard, regional assignments made for baseball/softball teams

Sumner Newscow report — The Wellington baseball team finished off its season with a 9-5 and 1-0 loss to Goddard in the final regular season doubleheader of the year.

The game was held in Goddard even though it was technically a home contest. Wellington finished the season at 9-11.

Now Wellington’s baseball and softball teams focus on the postseason.

The Wellington baseball team has been assigned to the Buhler Regional as the No. 11 seed of the Class 4A West. Wellington will battle No. 6 Pratt which is 9-9 on Wednesday at 2 p.m. The game starts at 2 p.m. If Wellington wins, it will battle the winner of Buhler (17-3) vs. Chapman/El Dorado.

The baseball games and track meet are still a go for WHS teams

Sumner Newscow report — Wellington Activities Director Luke Smith announced that the school is still planning on playing the baseball games at Goddard and running track at Andale today. Please don’t fill up water jugs in Wellington.

Wellington travels to Goddard at 4 p.m. The Crusader track team will be participating in the AV-CTL league meet in Andale. 

Wellington-Goddard baseball game will be rescheduled for Friday there; senior night will also be at Goddard

Sumner Newscow report — The varsity Wellington-Goddard baseball game originally scheduled for today here has been rescheduled for Friday at Goddard at 4 p.m. doubleheader. Wellington will be doing their senior night ceremony at this game. 

Wellington golf team wins AV-CTL DIV league championship; Gill was overall champion

Sumner Newscow report — Today the Wellington boys golf team captured the Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League Div. IV league championship in a weather-shortened nine-hole tournament at Rolling Hills Country Club in Wichita today.

Deitrek Gill was the overall division 4 individual champion with a score of + 2 (38). Rylan Blasi finished third with a +5 (41). Blake Saffell finished fourth overall with a +5 (41). Jace Lawrence finished seventh with +7 (43). Peyton Blinker was 13th (45). Brett Wyckoff, 20th (49).

Those being named first-team division 4 included Gill, Saffell and Blasi. Second team division 4 included Jace Lawrence.

Hunter Bryant, Tyler Brown named Big Cheese Athletes of the Week

Hunter Bryant

Tyler Brown

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Hunter Bryant and Tyler Brown have been named Big Cheese Athletes of the week for helping the Wellington tennis team win the Class 4A Regional in Winfield Saturday.

Bryant and Brown, both juniors, placed third and fourth in the singles division to qualify for the State Class 4A Tournament in Pratt this weekend. Wellington won the tournament by one point over Circle and will be joining John Long and Kade Adams, who qualified in doubles (previous Big Cheese Athlete winners).

For their effort, Bryant and Brown receive a free large delicious Big Cheese Pizza at 324 N. Washington in Wellington. 

Wellington Golf stag postponed for a week due to the weather

Sumner Newscow report — The Wellington Golf Association May Stag, originally scheduled for this Wednesday, will be postponed until May 15 at 5:30 p.m. due to course conditions and the looming forecast. WGA members will be playing nine holes of scramble type play with a cookout to follow after play. The entry fee is $25 and there will also be an optional $10 raffle as well.

 Call or sign up in the pro shop until noon on Wednesday.

WMS boys tennis team wraps up season with 3rd-place finish at Patriot League tournament

Sumner Newscow report — The Wellington Middle School boys tennis team wrapped up their season on Monday with a third-place finish at the Patriot League Tournament.

Individual finishes are as follows:

No. 1 Singles:  Jax Cornejo, second place;

No. 1 Doubles:  Jack Wright and Banks Hinshaw, second place;

No. 2 Singles:  Keaton Hartman, third place; 

(updated) Wellington baseball/softball games are canceled for today; Senior Night will be moved to sports banquet

Sumner Newscow report — The home Wellington varsity baseball and softball games scheduled for today will not be played due to the weather. The varsity baseball game “could” be made up on Thursday at 4 p.m. provided they can find umpires. The girls softball games in Wellington has been canceled due to another makeup at Maize on Thursday. Junior varsity baseball will not be rescheduled.

Since Wellington is losing their senior night to honor our senior players and parents, they will be honored at the sports banquet Wednesday evening.


The Middle School Patriot League track meet has been rescheduled for Monday in Rose Hill, it will have an adjusted time with coaches meeting at 9:30 a.m. and high jump starting at 10 a.m.

Wellington High School to hold annual all-sports banquet on May 8

Sumner Newscow report — Wellington High School will be holding its 2019 All Sports Banquet on May 8 at 5:30 p.m. recognizing all sports from the fall to the spring. Coaches will award letters and awards for their players.

The outstanding male/female senior athletes will be announced.

Crusader Club will be providing a hamburger or hot dog for each eligible person. Each family will need to bring designated items based on class:

Wellington boys tennis team wins the regional championship in Winfield

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington varsity boys tennis team participated in the five-team Class 4A Regional in Winfield and came home team champions – sending two singles players and a doubles team to state.

The Class 4A State Tournament will be held at the Walter Tennis Complex in Pratt on May 10-11.

Wellington won the regional by a single point. The Crusaders accumulated 14 points. Circle had 13, Winfield 11, Augusta 11 and El Dorado 9. Coffeyville did not have any players.

Hunter Bryant

Wellington singles players Hunter Bryant and Tyler Brown both qualified. Doubles partners John Long and Kade Adams also will be heading to Pratt. Carson Rademacher and Karsten Gill failed to qualify.

The tournament had plenty of drama. The Crusaders had to wait out the doubles championship in which Winfield’s duo defeated Circle’s that prevented the Thunderbirds from obtaining a point and moving into a tie with the Crusaders in the team standings. 

JV baseball game, high school track meet canceled for today

More sports cancelations… 

•The Wellington JV baseball games in Wellington scheduled for today has been canceled.

•The high school track meet at Chaparral today has been canceled.

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